happy valentine’s day! [2014]

We hope you all have a wonderful Love-filled weekend. We hope you get lots of cuddles and kisses from your little ones and a nice dinner with your love or loved ones. We love you all! If you need some last minute help, here’s some of our favorites:
Small Fry Favorite Valentine's Posts

3D Smooch Strand // Babushka free printable Valentine’s // Paper Bag Puppets // Hi-Chews Valentines Printable // Love Pennant Flags // Red Velvet Rice Krispie Arrows // Superhero Mask Printable Valentines // Tie-Dye Love leggings

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So much business to discuss this week! Bear with us:

We’ve been featured on Kristen Duke’s Decorating With Pictures series before, and it’s such an awesome series with peeks into dozens of your favorite bloggers homes, and how they incorporate their loved ones into their decor! Don’t miss it this year, it’s got crazy giveaways going all month along with it too!Blogger home tours

Locals! We’re hosting a Kickee Pants pajama and lounge wear sample sale! For those of you who have Kickee in your life, you already know, they’re the softest most silky amazing pajamas out there. Our boys love and live in them and we’re excited to host this sample sale next Thursday February 20th from 11 am – 2 pm. Everything will be below wholesale costs and super cheap. We’ll also have a ton of giveaways going on throughout the event from Kickee and the nearby shops at Riverwoods. We’ll be set up inside the Provo Beach Resort so come shop, and then stay and play with your kids!

Kickee Pants Sample Sale

Lastly, how many times can we share this before we lose you all as friends? Hopefully at least one more. Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers!

We’ll see you next week, we don’t want to over-hype it, but if you remember last year’s Newborn Essentials giveaway, it was crazy and crazy awesome. We’ve teamed up with dozens of industry leaders and our favorite bloggers to blow last year out of the water! Check back each day for a killer giveaway and a touching birth story. We. Cannot. Wait! See you then.

Heart-Shaped Pitas with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

We have a gorgeous easy recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day! Our kids love hummus so we’re excited to see how to make it at home! Welcome, Oh So Delicioso!

“Hi Small Fry readers! Aubrey here from Oh So Delicioso. We are a cooking lifestyle blog sharing recipes, cooking tips, holiday fun and generally foodie love. Yet somehow one of our love/hate relationships with holidays is the food…baked goods, sweet treats and sugary drink! So good right?! But oh my, so not healthy. We are all about having a happy medium with food. Enjoying a sweet treat here and there is nice, but there has to be a balance.

We have a healthy yet festive Valentine’s option for you today. Switch out those heart suckers for some heart pita chips dipped in Roasted Red Pepper Hummus! With a mild tang and smoky smooth flavor, the whole family will fall in love.

healthy Valentine's Day snack: red pepper hummus and heart pita chips

We are big hummus fans over here. From Pesto Hummus, Layered Greek Hummus, to Traditional Hummus, we love it all. If you haven’t tried hummus before, don’t be afraid. It’s basically a bean dip with some sass. Typically made from garbanzo beans or chickpeas (the same thing, two names), but you can also sub Great Northern White Beans and just use slightly less water. So really it is a bean dip. Just try it already.healthy Valentine's Day snack: red pepper hummus and heart pita chips

And get your kids to eat it! Incredibly healthy and loaded with protein! If you are going low-carb style then skip the pita bread and load up your veggies.

Ingredients for Roasted Red pepper hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ingredients:
2 (16oz) cans of Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained
1 large Red Pepper, roasted and seeded
1 ½ large Lemons, juiced
2 T Tahini Paste
½ C EVOO
¾ C Water
2 Garlic Cloves
2 tsp Cumin
Salt to taste
(optional garnishes: red pepper flakes, cilantro, red onion, or pine nuts)

Directions:
Roast your red bell pepper either under a broiler or over an open flame gas stove. When skin is blackened, allow pepper to cool in a paper bag. Remove from bag and peel off majority of black areas. (It’s ok if some remains, it will add to the smoky flavor.) Remove stem and seeds, if you haven’t already. In a large blender or food processor place all ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Add more salt or lemon juice to taste. It’s totally normal if you have to scrape the sides and pulse it a few extra times for an extra smooth hummus. Pour into a bowl and garnish as desired. Serve with pita chips, pita bread, or vegetables for dipping. Store refrigerated.

Heart Shaped Pita Chips

Heart Shaped Pita Chips Recipe

Ingredients:
Pita bread
EVOO
Garlic Seasoning Salt

Directions:
Break pita bread in half, then separate by opening up the bread into a pocket. You should have 4 pieces. With a small heart shaped cookie cutter, press firmly into each side cutting out hearts. Line a baking tray with foil, and align the hearts. Brush each side with the oil and sprinkle with a little garlic salt. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with Hummus.

healthy Valentine's Day snack: red pepper hummus and heart pita chips

Share with loved ones and enjoy your healthy Valentines!
xoxo- Aubrey and all the Oh So Girls

Gorgeous, right? Thanks Aubrey!!

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Red Velvet Valentine’s Krispies

We have a resident Red Velvet fiend by the name of Jenna, so when we spotted a recipe from Real Mom Kitchen for Red Velvet Rice Krispie treats, this DIY was born! Make a festive treat for your kids, write a little love note and attach for class Valentine’s, or eat it straight out of the pot, we don’t mind!

red velvet valentine rice kris pies

Here’s how you’ll do it:

red velvet valentine rice kris pies

1. In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium low heat.

2. Add marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are melted and combined well with the butter. Whisk in 3/4ths a cup of the cake mix.

3. Add the rice krispies and stir until cereal is well coated.

4. Let the Krispies cool a bit before handling, and then put them into this Heart Ice Cube Tray (we bought it at Ikea, but those of you without one nearby, Amazon sells them too!

Once they’ve set, remove them from the tray and stick a BBQ skewer through two of the hearts. Then we cut out two identical triangles and glued each side centered over the skewer. Then enjoy!

red velvet valentine rice kris pies

Ingredients:
½ cup butter
1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
¾ cup Ducan Hines red velvet cake mix
8 cups rice krispies cereal

love day duds

We think we found the sweet spot, close enough to the actual holiday that retailers have already started discounting, but far enough away to still get it shipped to your house in time. 5-7 Business days is usually safe, right? Here are 14 of our favorite Love Day Duds from around the web, and even better, most are general enough to wear all year ’round! 14 for the 14th, you might say.
valentine love duds

(1.) Love Wink T-shirt from Po.P $28 (2.) A light up Valentine’s Day card via Louis B $7.95. Literally, it lights up! 3. Mini Boden Striped jumper $34 4I Love My Mommy tee $8.00 (5.) Neff Flava Watches in every color and $17.99 6I Love Mum & Dad pajamas $12.95 (7.) Heart sweater with elbow patches via Gap (8.) Graphic Tees from Gap $21.95 (9.) Chuck Taylors in classic red. $25+ (10.) Striped heart knee leggings, $10! (11.) Love Wink for boys! Have you ever seen a kid try to wink? It’s the best. (12.) Love tee via H&M, $5! (13.Perfect striped sunnies via Old Navy (14.Valentine’s Day socks set $14.99

More Love-Day appropriate fashion & fashion DIYs you might have missed:

Hello Hi Apparel From Head to Toe, a Tie-Dye Heart Leggings DIY, Knee Patch leggings, and leather patches, too! How many ways can we recover a knee?

cupid’s bow and arrow

We’ve been pacing ourselves on the Valentine’s Day ideas, but then we keep adding things we want to make with/for the boys so we’re going to get it all out of our systems this week! Brace yourself. Today is a super easy make-it-yourself bow and arrow. Made with sponge tips and zero elasticity, so also super safe, too!Cupid's Bow & Arrow Here’s what you’ll need:

Those terrible bargain bin sponges that don’t work for dishes? They work great for this! Then a set of long skewers or dowels, a kid’s size hula hoop, rope (or a thick elastic if you want the arrows to travel farther.)
Bow & Arrow Tutorial

 

For the bow:

1. Cut the kid’s size hula hoop in half (Yay, you can make two, no sad little brothers needed!) Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut a 1/2 inch slit on either side of the hoop.

2. Measure rope or elastic and leave a couple extra inches on each side of the hoop. Tie knots in the elastic or rope (use a match or lighter to burn the edges of the knots so they don’t loosen or fray) and slide the rope through the slit, with the knot going into the tube. Do this on both sides and your bow is ready!

Cupid's Bow & Arrow

For the arrows:

1. Cut the sponge into arrowheads.

2. Use the dowel to puncture the sponge a little bit and then take it out and add some hot glue to the end. Stick the dowel back in and let it dry for extra security. Done!

Looking for more activities to get you through a case of the Mondays? A work of art that double as lunch, all-fruit popsicles with a special ingredient for teething babies, and bundle up for a gorgeous Winter picnic!

Also!

We finally settled on a hash tag for our DIY projects! It’s originality and cleverness may just blow you away: #smallfryDIY. We know, right? Don’t hurt ourselves. If you make any of the DIY projects you see on Small Fry, use that hash and we’ll be reposting your pictures!

love day pennant flags

While we try and make each post meaningful (or at the very least enjoyable) for our kids, sometimes things are just for cute’s sake.

Love Pennants

These pennant flags definitely fit that description and you can see it all over Dash’s face, he doesn’t get the hype. But, we’re digging them (anything in French usually wins us over) so maybe you will, too!
Love Pennants

Here’s what you’ll need to make them at home:

Stiff felt (you can buy it in sheets at the craft store.) Wood dowels, soft felt for lettering, scissors, a hot glue gun and a printer if you want letter guides.

Love Pennants How-To

You can buy pre-cut stiff felt pennant flags, but if you want more options color wise, you can easily cut your own, and they’re a lot cheaper too. They’re usually 9 inches wide and 18 inches long, so find the center of the felt, count out 4.5 inches on either side and mark with a pencil. Then mark the very center of the other side as your angle guide. Take a ruler, and connect the markers to create your pennant shape. Then cut it out and you’re ready for lettering!

Love Pennants

The lettering can be done one of two ways, you can print off guides with your favorite font in a word document, (starting with 8 inches tall and slowly tapering down in size) and use them as a guide while cutting the felt out. Or you can eyeball it. Eyeball it! Eyeball it! We’re cheering you on, because really cutting out a guide is sort of annoying. Obviously we went the eyeball route, and they’re not perfect, but they’re totally personalized and after that much labor, Emily wouldn’t sell them for $1,000. Consider them a new family heirloom!

Love PennantsOnce you have your letters cut out, simply hot glue them on, and then on the back hot glue the dowel to the widest part of the felt. To keep it clean looking, we cut out a piece of the extra stiff felt and glued it to cover the dowel and secure it a little bit extra. (Refer to the final step in the tutorial collage to see what it looks like finished.

Emily has them sitting proudly on her table in a vase, we’re thinking they’d look pretty good hung on the wall too, or maybe they’ll come along to embarrass her husband a bit at his next softball game. Endless possibilities!

Need more Valentine’s Day inspiration?

Check out our boys’ Valentine’s cards from last year, a playlist of our favorite kid-friendly love songs, and we heard the Babushka Valentine’s printable was giving some of you problems, if that’s you, email us directly and we’ll manually send the file!

babushka doll valentines

Download not working for you? Access the file here!

Here’s another early-bird Valentine’s Day idea and if you’re lucky, free printable. Just kidding, of course there’s a free printable!
valentine babushka doll printables

It starts out as a Valentine’s Day card, but then when you take it home you can make it into a garland, too! You all know how we feel about a garland.

HOW TO MAKE THE CARD: All you need to do is print the download onto cardstock (in color) and cut out each babushka. Then take a separate piece of cardstock for the carrying envelope. We fold the bottom third up to create the front lip, then glue/tape/staple the sides to create your open envelope. Then cut out the included “I wish there were six of you” card and glue it onto the front lip.

babushka valentine's printables

HOW TO MAKE THE GARLAND:

You can either sew over the tops of their heads or we used mini clothespins to attach them to twine.

valentine babushka doll printables

And let’s finish this one of with a little brotherly love. Awww!

 

valentine's babushka printable

The print above the Babushkas is available at Skoope Home. We’re digging so many of their prints. So fresh and so clean (clean). They have a special Valentine’s Day line up right now that is awesome, too! Here’s some of our regular favorites:

Skoope Home

 This Much Print // Calendars // Rainy Days Print

smooch strand

We’ve been prepping a year’s worth of projects for an upcoming collaboration (we’re so excited to share it with you, but it will be a few more weeks!) so we have been thinking way ahead about each holiday. With all of this pre-planning we’ve found ourselves inundated with Valentine’s Day inspiration, so we hope you don’t mind we’ll be sharing a few this month! Today’s combines are two favorite ways of decorating: family pictures and festive garlands!

Smooch Strands! Portraits of your loved ones with an oversized kisser to adorn your wall.valentine smooch strand: take your kids mug and give it a valentine's touch! valentine smooch strand: take your kids mug and give it a valentine's touch!

We’ve loved seeing this garland idea with party hats and bows, but had to try it out with a little Valentine’s Twist. Here’s how you’ll do it:

valentine smooch strand: take your kids mug and give it a valentine's touch!

1. Start by collecting portraits of your loved ones, pets, celebrity crushes, whoever you’d like to see pucker up! Emily used iPhone photos and turned them black and white for a more clean look. You can go oversized or fit the whole strand, 8 to a page, like we’ve done here.

2. Using precision scissors, cut out the head shape.

3. Once you have all the cut out heads, you’ll need a thick material (we used craft foam), glue, shades of pink and red paper and a black ink pen or marker.

4. Hand draw the lip shapes, we went oversized, and then cut them out leaving the black lines. Then glue it to a smaller piece of craft foam. Then glue the foam and lips to the face portrait! We can think of a million things to do with these little portraits so instead of sewing them onto a garland, we just taped them to the twine so we can reuse later!

Tape up and you’re ready for a little lip action!

valentine smooch strand: take your kids mug and give it a valentine's touch!

Need more V-day? Check out these heart shaped tie-dye leggings DIY, or these love day lunch sack printables! Find all our Valentine’s Posts here. 

Printing Instructions:

We like to tease Emily for using Picasa, but it’s a really simple way to collage photos. For those of you who don’t have access to Adobe or other photo programs, here’s how you can do it in Google’s Picasa for an 8 image to 1 page garland like this!

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happy valentine’s day!

Let’s be honest, what else could we possibly post today that would do a better job wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s day than a repost of this film? We are so blown away by its reception! It’s been on the news, and shown on websites from here to Timbuktu, and we’ve even heard it will be played at a few Valentine’s Parties across the world.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned from interviewing these kids, and subsequently sharing it with internet, it’s that love is the universal language. We hope you have endless opportunities to show and tell the special people (small and big!) in your life how you feel.

And of course, we hope you all have hot dates to Hobby Lobby tonight!

Filmed by Jenner Brown of Lumineux for Small Fry.

small fry valentines!

Designs contributed by Jenna Robert, see her portfolio here, and shop here.

Two of our big boys are in preschool now, and so they have the awesome opportunity of a real-deal Valentine’s swap at school! Not wanting to leave out Hayes (next year, buddy) we brainstormed with them on what kind of Valentine’s treat they’d like to hand out this year. They were all emphatic about their selections and we along with our flawless friend and graphic designer Jenna Robert took their ideas and created these darling Valentine’s we have for you today! Even better, she’s offering them to you as a free download! If you’re like us, we are usually pretty last minute about these types of things, so hopefully her designs can benefit of you if you’re in a pinch!

Quinn’s pick: Hi Chews! No surprise there, as  it is Jenna’s family mascot. The love them some Hi Chews.
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Hayes’ pick: Doughnuts! We affixed the card to a regular bakery bag with washi tape and if we can keep him from eating them all we’ll be taking his treat to loved ones on the big day!
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Dash’s pick: marshmallows! And superheroes! Jenna Robert created this perforated mask that also doubles as a disguise, which is pretty genius!

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Click below to dowlnoad Jenna’s designs! And head to her site for more.